Paragon Apartment residents, if you count yourself among Michigan’s many craft brew fanatics now is the time to raise a pint. Kalamazoo’s Bell Brewery made a momentous announcement. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, founder Larry Bell has announced that over the next five years he plans to invest more than $52 million and add 50 new jobs to the company.
I think it’s fair to say, it’s a good time in the beer business.
Kalamazoo Gazette Reporter Kathy Jessup wrote recently:
An initial $17 million will be invested largely in 2011 to expand the Comstock Township brewhouse, add fermenting capacity, enhance employee care areas and provide space and equipment for some new specialty fermentations, Bell said Friday.
That work is expected to be completed by early 2012.
According to the story, a additional $35 million will go to expanding Bell’s Brewery Inc. in Comstock. The announcements were made at the brewery-owned Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo.
It all comes as a result of a massive 24 percent increase in sales of Bell’s beer in Michigan alone. The company sells its product in a total of 18 states, but sales are far outweighed by its fans here at home.
If you’re a fan of Bell’s Two Hearted. If you measure the seasons by the release of Oberon, Oktoberfest or Winter White, we’d like to hear your reaction to the news. How do you feel about the expansion?
What’s your favorite Bell’s beer? (For me it’s Double Cream Stout – notes of cocoa and espresso, yes thank you).